The North Cobb Christian School Varsity Baseball team is the GHSA AA State Champion! So proud of these athletes and coaches. GO EAGLES!!
Here's a special message to the NCCS Eagles from Coach Brian Snitker, manager of the Atlanta Braves:
Excerpt from article that appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal on May 22, 2023, by John Bednarowski. Photos Leah Watson.
ROME -- With the score tied 1-all in the bottom of the fourth inning, Jackson Uggla stepped in the batter’s box with a golden opportunity in Game 3 of the Class AA state championship series at AdventHealth Stadium.... Uggla doubled off the left-field wall to score two runs — just missing hitting it out of the park — and it gave North Cobb Christian a 3-1 lead over Mount Paran.
The three-run inning was just the warm-up.
North Cobb Christian followed with an eight-run fifth inning, sending nine batters to the plate before an out was made, and when Brock Parker got his second hit of the inning — a two-run single to right — it was enough for North Cobb Christian to invoke the mercy rule and walk off with an 11-1 victory.
Sabom finished the night pitching five strong innings and striking out five. It was his first start since facing Walker nearly five weeks ago and completed a run in which North Cobb Christian allowed 21 runs over 11 games, with six of those came in its Game 2 loss Saturday.
“Asher is one of the toughest players,” said North Cobb Christian coach Jimmy Keane, who was a player on the program’s 2006 GISA title team. “You never plan on sweeping a series, so you have to have a guy to go to in Game 3, and there isn’t anyone on the team who doesn’t have confidence in Asher.”
Following the three-run rally in the fourth, Sabom retired Mount Paran on only 10 pitches in the fifth to get the offense right back up to bat.
The final inning started with a double to left by Parker. Mattheson Go’s sacrifice bunt got Parker to third, but when it was ruled that Mount Paran’s defender was not on the base when catching the throw, Go was ruled safe. Cooper Williams then followed with an RBI single to right and Michael Mullinax was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
On a 1-2 count, Sabom singled up the middle to score two and make it 6-1. Nicholas Stinson made it 8-1 with a two-run double to left and he came around when Uggla’s grounder was misplayed into an error. Spears Martin followed with a single and after Kade Gwaltney sacrificed the runners to second and third, Parker’s flare down the line brought in the game-ending runs and brought the 10-run rule into effect.
“A lot of what was happening was a result of what we were doing in the first three innings,” Keane said. “We were having good at-bats and getting deep into counts. We are a mentally tough team. We didn’t change anything.”